Thursday, February 09, 2006

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books...

A Polish man with twinkly blue eyes likes to stop and chat with me when he comes to the library. He is a Ph.D philosophy scholar, looks to be 40-ish. Extremely intelligent. Soft-spoken. He likes to tell me about his beautiful country.

When the library received a new set of philosophy encyclopedias, I offered him the old set. His eyes lit up. He kept the volumes clasped to his chest as we talked for another 20 minutes. Finally, it was time to go. He headed for the library’s exit but turned suddenly and came back to the desk, leaning down toward me.

“I will never forget this day,” he said quietly, “And not just because of these books!”

And with that he turned and disappeared through the door.

I think I sat there with my mouth hanging open for a good half hour. Somehow that was the most romantic thing that had ever happened to me outside of my marriage.

The next week, he came in again. I was friendly but tried to act like nothing out of the ordinary had happened. He asked my assistance in finding a book in Polish. As I searched the WorldCat database he knelt on one knee in front of the desk to watch.

In came another librarian.

“Wow!” she chirped. “Liz, it looks like you’re being proposed to.”

We both turned beet red.

It's been a month since he's come into the library.


Blogger Lisa said...

Awwww. How sweet! Love in the library!

1:16 PM  
Blogger bdogg_mcgee said...

That is a sweet story!

What I liked best was the fact that he clutched those philosophy encyclopedias so tightly. I bet you totally made his week.

Makes me want to get my MLS!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hee... I have a funny story about another library encounter that was neither as romantic nor as welcome... I'll try to remember to post it tomorrow.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Bdogg---I felt the same way about wanting to get my MLS while reading this post. Maybe after I'm done my anthro degree . . . .

1:54 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

I see a movie coming up, Library Love, with Meg Ryan (circa WHMS) as you, and Anthony Hopkins comes to mind as the guy...but we probably need someone younger...

2:48 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Bearette---Perfect! We could reteam her with Tom Hanks. He could drag out his all-purpose Eastern European accent from The Terminal. Maybe even cast Bill Pullman as the affable husband and Judy Greer as Meg's best friend/colibrarian. (Why, yes, I am avoiding work today.)

2:59 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Hehe...let's go into casting together. Was Bill Pullman from While You Were Sleeping? He is affable. Judy Greer, I have to look up. I love it...all-purpose Eastern European accent.


3:24 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Although, Ione Skye might be a good sidekick.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Just looked up Judy Greer on She's exactly 2 days older than me.

I say Ione Skye or Drew Barrymore as the sidekick. Preference for Ione in this role. Drew is better with zany stuff (Adam Sandler, etc.) Ione is a wistful romantic, kind of like Meg.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I will forever be scarred by Ione Skye as the horny preacher's wife on Arrested Development. Maybe Rita Wilson as a slightly older but kicky coworker for Meg? Tom likes to cast his wife in his movies.

Bill Pullman was in While You Were Sleeping. He also was Walter, the affable fiance, in Sleepless in Seattle.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

Just wanted to say I LOVE While You Were Sleeping and Bill Pullman's character in that movie. :)

Also, the closest romantic encounter I ever had at work was when I was 17 working in a mom-and-pop video store that had a room for "special videos." I was asked to dinner by a 35-year-old "special video" renter, and after I declined, he replied, "I thought you'd say that. Why would someone like you want to go out with a guy who rents porn?" And I was like, "And have a nice day!"


5:00 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...


When I worked at the movie theater, I told some guy he looked like Jeff Goldblum and he asked me out to dinner ??!? Although I do like Jeff Goldblum.

Rita works! She and Meg and Tom were all in Sleepless in Seattle (hereinafter "SIS").

7:51 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Lisa - Bill Pullman was also the affable doctor in Singles! He told Bridget Fonda not to get breast implants.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I changed my mind about Rita. I still think we should cast her, but as a flirty professor in the same university department as the Polish prof.

Still stuck on who to get for Meg's sidekick . . .

And I do realize that I'm putting entirely too much thought into this. I started thinking about possible plotlines while walking Rowen this evening.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

hehe!! i agree! i think it could be the sensation of the century. it is basically a comeback for EVERYBODY.

maybe joan cusack as a time-tested, tried-and-true sidekick? hmm. kate beckinsale? molly ringwald? ione still might be good; she was drew's sidekick in Fever Pitch.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I have to say a big, fat NO on Joan Cusack. She freaks me out. I don't know what it is about her, but do NOT include her in the cast or this new movie sensation is bound to be a flop. My 2 cents.


8:19 AM  
Blogger Frema said...

How about Mandy Moore as a possible sidekick? Bubblegum music aside, she was great in Saved and her guest appearances on Scrubs. Plus, she's dating Zach Braff in real life, and anyone who's OK by him is OK by me.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Maybe Rachel McAdams???

10:57 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I've got it: Parker Posey!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

YES! i love her.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

this is great. now we have indie and mainstream appeal!


11:28 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I'm so surprised that no one suggested that I play myself! I did do children's theater in high school, after all. ;-)

But if a celebrity is required, I would love for it to be Parker Posey. She already has library experience!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

ACK! I just saw Frema's suggestion.

I'm sorry, but Mandy Moore is out of the question.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

But Zach Braff would be ok.


11:41 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

So we have Tom as a philosophy scholar of undetermined Eastern European origin, Meg as the pretty and plucky librarian, Bill as her affable husband? fiance?, Rita as a flirty fellow prof, and Parker as Meg's quirky coworker. Maybe we could work Zack in as a B-story love interest for Parker---another librarian or a doctoral student? Or would the age difference (7 years) be too apparent? Maybe he could be Tom's TA.

For plot, I'm thinking that Meg is in a comfortable, but boring marriage. The romance---the spark---has faded. She feels in a rut. Tom is a widower who has buried himself in his books to protect himself from any future heartbreak---until he meets Meg.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

So, is this going to be a true life story or a "based on true events"?


12:11 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh---we need to find a role for Alex!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

And let's keep commenting to set an all time record for Liz's blog.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Roxanne---I guess that depends on whether Oprah wants us on her show!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

If it is a true life story then librarian Meg must knock over a stack of very heavy medical texts, thereby disturbing the entire library.

As I just did. Ahem.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

We will absolutely work that in. Perhaps as Meg is trying to covertly watch the intriguing professor hunched over his books, she knocks into the pile.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

This is awesome. This comment section is "off the hook." Liz, you can play yourself if you want ;)

Lisa, I like your plot ideas. Zack as a competing love interest is great.

Liz, I felt the exact same way about Mandy Moore.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

And the book-knocking is so cute! Maybe Tom's (or Zack's) face can appear over the pile as Meg emerges, flustered...

Who gets the girl, though? Tom, Zach or Bill? I guess not Bill. He is destined to walk away affably.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Hmmm...just re-read this and realized that Zach was intended as a love interest for Parker. I think Zach might be better as a competing love interest for Meg. Parker has such a strong, snarky personality (not that it's a bad thing). Maybe she should end up with Bill!!! No, too dull. Maybe James Franco...or Jeff Goldblum. Or maybe even John Cusack?

1:16 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

This comment section is getting out of control!

And I'm getting confused. Is Meg the librarian or is Parker the librarian? If it's Parker, then who's Meg?

I think Parker/Meg could end up with Bill. Perhaps Tom sets P/M on the path to reigniting her marriage, ala Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in Dance With Me. Of course, then we'd have to find a romantic interest for Tom at the end of the movie.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Hmm. I think Meg should be the librarian, and Parker is her friend - but they both have love interests.

Meg: Husband = Bill Pullman; love interest = Polish stud as played by Tom.

Parker: Meg's sidekick. Suitor = Zach Braff.

If Parker is the librarian, we need to find a sidekick for her!

OK, I'm going to go to the chiropractor now ;)

1:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I agree on Meg as librarian with Parker as sidekick. And maybe Zack as an assistant sidekick but not a love interest.

Does that make sense?

But I think Meg should end up with Bill!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hollywood? Helloooooo? Have you noticed us yet?

When I checked my site for the first time today I thought some spammers must have infiltrated the comments section. Either that, or a bunch of people were enraged that a married woman looked another man. :-)

2:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

See, now we're going to have to incorporate the creepy guy somehow. Ben Kingsley comes to mind, but he doesn't really fit with the rest of the cast. How about Rob Reiner? He's usually in the Meg/Tom movies. And he's very sleazy.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

the creepy guy has no place in a chick flick ;) i like rob reiner's mother though. "I'll have what she's having."

now liz has 40 comments.

5:33 PM  
Blogger New Mezger said...

I think Adrien Brody should be the professor and you should be played by Kate Winslet.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Completely unrelated, but had to share: I brought Rowen into the office after lunch and a little while ago, we went over to the other building to get some chocolate for me. In the lobby, there was this a-dor-able 9-week-old Boston terrier, so we let the two puppies play together for a bit. It was too cute! I wish I had a camera so you could see this little Boston puppie laid out on its back while Rowen licked its tummy!

Back to our script: Who should get Alex---Meg or Tom?

6:05 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

that is adorable!!!! we met a rottweiler and a dachshund last night. the dachshund was barking at this guy and the guy said, "what, he doesn't like brothers?" the owner handled it really well.

meg should get alex. if we do this, i think it will be box-office gold. i bet everyone is secretly waiting for another meg-tom movie. funny, no one wanted to pair her up with billy crystal again.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

You guys are cracking me up. :-)

I just love Boston terriers, with their sweet bug-eyes. So cute.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Liz---just make sure you save these comments so we know how to divvy up the million dollars we'll get from our screenplay!

SCENE: INT MEG's APARTMENT. Morning. Alarm goes off to NPR.

12:39 PM  

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